Joey Lucchesi had his best outing in his short Texas League career and Javier Guerra had his first Double-A home run to power past the Frisco RoughRiders last night. Trey Wingenter threw a perfect ninth to record his 13th save and preserve the 4-1 win, and San Antonio improved their record to 18-11, halting a two game slide.
The big news on the night, however, was an ankle injury sustained by All-Star second baseman and the Padres no.5 prospect Luis Urías in the second inning. After making a play deep in the hole at second and throwing out the runner, he tumbled and came up grabbing his left ankle. He was helped off the field, and utility man Noah Perio came in to replace him.
After the game, Missions radio broadcaster Mike Saeger said he spoke with Sam Geaney, the Padres director of player development, and reported that it “doesn’t appear to be as bad as it looked” and thought it could keep him off the field for “maybe around ten days”. The injury kept Urías from having much of a chance to extend his 11-game hit streak, during which he had gone 20-43 (.465) with a pair of doubles to go along with seven walks and five strikeouts.
Lucchesi, meanwhile, put together the longest start of his minor league career, completing eight innings in just 96 pitches. The only run he allowed was unearned, as a run scored in the sixth on a Guerra throwing error. He pounded the strike zone and allowed his defense to help him, not walking a batter and allowing six hits, while striking out four. His performance was more than enough after Guerra’s three-run homer splashed down into the Choctaw Lazy River beyond the right field fence in the second inning.
In going eight innings without an earned run, Lucchesi lowered his Double-A ERA to 2.19. He has made four starts for San Antonio, and allowed six runs in 24.2 innings. While his 6.6 K/9 rate is quite a bit lower than the 10.9 K/9 mark he set in Lake Elsinore for the first half of the season, he is walking almost a batter less (1.5 BB/9 compared to 2.2 BB/9) per nine, all while allowing fewer runs. Yes, the “small sample size” qualifier should be included here, but it’s a promising start for the fourth round pick from 2016.
Josh Naylor, Alberth Martinez, and Auston Bousfield all doubled for the Missions, who struggled to do much against one of the Rangers’ top prospects, Ariel Jurado. Wingenter’s perfect ninth lowered his ERA to 1.56 on the year, and included a pair of strikeouts. The 23-year-old has a 12.5 K/9 rate and hasn’t allowed a run in his last twelve outings.
The Missions will look to salvage a split of the four game series today, as they send Chris Huffman (4-3, 2.91 ERA) to the mound to face off against Tyler Davis (1-1, 2.67 ERA). The game will be broadcasted on MiLB.tv and Fox Sports Southwest.
Elsewhere Around the System:
- Ryan Schimpf hit a pair of home runs and Christian Villanueva went 3 for 4 with a pair of RBI as El Paso defeated Omaha 12-6. The rehabbing Travis Jankowski also went 1 for 5 on the night.
- Austin Allen and Rod Boykin stayed hot, each homering in Lake Elsinore’s 14-3 loss to Lancaster. It was Allen’s 15th on the season, and for Boykin, it was his fourth home run in his first ten games with the Storm. Jake Esch went four innings and allowed eight earned runs.
- Mason Thompson threw five shutout innings, allowing just one hit and three walks while striking out three in Fort Wayne’s 3-2 win over Kane County. Jack Suwinski went 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles and a home run.
- Emmanuel Ramirez allowed a leadoff double and then didn’t allow another hit in Tri-City’s 2-1 victory over Eugene. He struck out ten and allowed two walks in nine innings, but it was Aldemar Burgos’ walkoff double in the tenth that won the game for the Dust Devils.